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Kimber Cross is an adaptive athlete and National Board Certified teacher from Tacoma, Washington, who is passionate about the alpine. She started climbing in 2016, taking the Basic Alpine Course with The Mountaineers, an organization based in Washington. She then went onto take the Intermediate Alpine Course and has since graduated and become a climb leader for the organization and is on the Tacoma Branch’s Intermediate Committee.
When not instructing and leading climbs for The Mountaineers in her home state, Kimber is getting on the ice in locations such as Colorado, Utah, Montana, and Washington. She was born without fingers on her right hand and uses modifications and adaptations throughout her life as an athlete. She was a fast-pitch pitcher for nine years with a modified glove and now, as an alpinist, continues to push through perceived boundaries. Kimber uses a custom prosthetic ice tool when ice climbing frozen waterfalls or mixed alpine ice routes high up on mountains. Through years of practice and dedication, she lead climbs on ice as well.